1964 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Excerpt from the Nobel Lecture
"Granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life's restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men."
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- Jan 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968
- Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
- Biographical highlights:
- 1947 - Licensed to preach
- 1948 - Ordained to the Baptist ministry and appointed pastor at Ebenezer
- 1955 - Received Doctoral degree in Systematic Theology from Boston University
- 1955 - Elected president of Montgomery Improvement Association
- 1957 - Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is founded
- 1963 - Mar 28, arrested in Birmingham, Georgia sit-in
- 1963 - Apr 16, writes "Letter from a Birmingham jail"
- 1963 - Aug 28, delivers "I Have a Dream" speech at Lincoln Memorial
- 1963 - Named Man of the Year by Time magazine
- 1964 - Receives the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest man to receive the Peace Prize
- 1968 - Apr 3, delivers "I've Been to the Mountain Top" in Memphis, TN
- 1968 - Apr 4, assassinated at Lorraine Motel in Memphis